Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 26, 2002
Lower medication prices buy more years of life for the elderly
Policies that encourage lower drug costs could result in longer lives for many elderly patients who are dependent on these medications, according to a new study.

Guidelines lacking for patients hospitalized for heart failure
Over 5 million people in the United States are affected with chronic heart failure, a condition that results in approximately 1 million hospitalizations annually.

High pulse pressure associated with greater death risk in dialysis patients
A Duke University Medical Center study of dialysis patients indicates that a new way of looking at traditional blood pressure numbers may be important in determining which patients are at highest risk of dying.

Delayed childbirth may have long-term health consequences for mother
Women who delay childbirth until after the age of 35 may be more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, according to a new study.

Dr. Stephen Stahl to receive international prize for education in psychiatry and neurology
Stephen M. Stahl, M.D., professor of psychiatry, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, will receive the Lundbeck International neuroscience Foundation (LINF) 2002 Prize for Education in Psychiatry and Neurology in ceremonies June 23 in Montreal, Canada at the 23rd Congress of the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP).

Scientists enhance fruit fly memory using mouse protein: New clue to fundamental brain mechanism
Researchers have found that they can enhance memory in fruit flies by boosting the level of a protein called PKM.

Bronx Zoo feathers help save rare birds half a world away
To help save two rare bird species living deep in the jungles of Sarawak, Malaysia, the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) spent two years collecting donations of a different kind from zoos throughout North America.

Stanford sleep experts treat medical condition behind violent 'sleep sex'
In a new study, Stanford researchers describe a treatable medical condition which causes people to commit violent sexual acts in their sleep.

Jefferson researchers find protein signpost may indicate esophageal and stomach cancer
A protein marker whose presence is thought to indicate the return of colorectal cancer may also be a sign of the development of esophageal and stomach cancer.

Some animals can recognize degree of kinship by scent
Ground squirrels analyze each other's scent, determining in a matter of seconds precisely who is close-enough kin to risk their lives helping, and perhaps even whether they are too closely related to mate, according to field studies by a Cornell University psychologist.

Definitive analysis of President's FY2003 R&D budget available
Citing the war on terrorism and a weak economy as justifications for a return to deficit spending, the President proposes tax cuts and large increases in discretionary spending for FY 2003.
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